all (the) seven Harry Potter books

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I was watching some videos pertaining to a course for teachers of English, and there's one instance where a teacher says "She wrote all seven Harry Potter books."

My first instinct was to wonder why she didn't say "all the seven" but then I figured "all seven" sounds good too. Is this an AmE-BrE difference, or do both versions work in both AmE and BrE?

Thank you!
  • The Newt

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    English - US
    We would be unlikely to include the article there, as there is no group to be distinguished from another group. Compare "all of the first three novels feature pandas," where "the first three" are implicitly contrasted with the others. And also "I read all of the Harry Potter books," where the group can be contrasted with other books that I might have read that are not about Harry Potter.
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